Monday, August 22, 2016

Cybersecurity Vulnerability and Patch Report for the Week of August 21, 2016

CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITY

AND PATCH REPORT

FROM OUR FRIENDS AT CITADEL INFORMATION GROUP

 


Important Security Updates

Avast: Avast! Free Antivirus has released version 12.3.2279. Updates are available on Avast’s website.
Dropbox: Dropbox has released version 8.4.19 for its file hosting program. Updates are available at Dropbox’s website. [See Citadel’s warning below]
Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla has released version 48.0.1. Updates are available within the browser or from Mozilla’s website.
Panda Free Antivirus: Panda Free Antivirus has released version 17.0.0. Updates are available on Panda Security’s website.
Piriform CCleaner: Piriform has released version 5.21.5700 for CCleaner. Updates are available from Piriform’s website.

Current Software Versions

Adobe Flash 22.0.0.209
Adobe Reader DC 2015.017.20050
Dropbox 8.4.19 [Citadel warns against relying on security of Dropbox or other cloud-based file exchange systems. We recommend files containing sensitive information be independently encrypted with a program like Axcrypt; encryption keys be at least 15 characters long; and the master Dropbox [or other] password be at least 15 characters long and different from other passwords.]
Firefox 48.0.1 [Windows]
Google Chrome 52.0.2743.116
Internet Explorer 11.0.10240.16384
Java SE 8 Update 101 [Citadel recommends removing or disabling Java from your browser. Java is a major source of cyber criminal exploits. It is not needed for most internet browsing. If you have a particular web site that requires Java, Citadel recommends using a two-browser approach to minimize risk. If you normally browse the Web with Firefox, for example, disable the Java plugin in Firefox and use an alternative browser — such as Chrome, IE9, Safari, etc — with Java enabled to browse only the sites that require it.]
Microsoft Edge 38.14393
QuickTime 7.7.9 [Citadel recommends removing QuickTime. On April 14, US-CERT advised Microsoft Windows users to remove QuickTime. This followed a report in ars technica that Apple has no plans to update the Windows app despite at least two reliable QuickTime vulnerabilities that threaten Windows users who still have the program installed.]
Safari 9.1 [Mac OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan]
Skype 7.26.0.101

For Your IT Department

Cisco Multiple Products: Cisco reports patched vulnerabilities in its Cisco Aironet 1800, 2800 and 3800 Series Access Point, Firepower Management Center, ASA 5500-X Series with FirePOWER Services, IP Phone 8800 Series version 11.0(1), Identity Services Engine software release 1.3(0.876), Unified Communications Manager version 11.5, WebEx Meetings Server version 2.6, Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Software Releases earlier than 8.4(3), Connected Streaming Analytics version 1.1.1, APIC-EM software releases 1.0 and 1.1.  Apply updates.  Cisco also reports an unpatched vulnerability in its Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software SNMP Remote Code Execution Vulnerability. There are workarounds available for this vulnerability. Cisco also reports an unpatched vulnerability in its Cisco Smart Call Home Transport Gateway running Transport Gateway Installation Software version 4.1(4.0). There are no workarounds available. Additional details are available at Cisco’s website.
VMware Multiple Products: VMWare has released updates for its Photon OS OVA 1.0. Additional details are available at VMWare’s website.
WordPress: WordPress has released version 4.6 to address multiple vulnerabilities in previous versions. Update through the application.
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If you are responsible for the security of your computer, Citadel’s Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report is for you. We strongly urge you to take action to keep your workstation patched and updated.
If someone else is responsible for the security of your computer, forward our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to them and follow up to make sure your computer has been patched and updated.
Vulnerability management is a key element of cyber security management. Cyber criminals take over user computers by writing computer programs that “exploit” vulnerabilities in operating systems (Windows, Apple OS, etc) and application programs (Adobe Acrobat, Office, Flash, Java, etc). When software companies find a vulnerability, they usually issue an update patch to fix the code running in their customer’s computers.
Citadel publishes our Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report to alert readers to some of the week’s important updates and vulnerabilities. Our focus is on software typically found in the small or home office (SOHO) or that users are likely to have on their home computer. The report is not intended to be a thorough listing of updates and vulnerabilities.
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